Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning film and television actress best known for her role as Coach Sue Sylvester on the TV series Glee.
After graduating high school, Lynch studied acting at Illinois State University, and then went on to complete Cornell University's graduate program for acting. One of Lynch's first film roles was in the 1988 comedy Vice Versa with Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage. More small parts followed in such movies as Straight Talk and The Fugitive. On television, Lynch made guest appearances on a number of sitcoms, including 3rd Rock from the Sun and Married with Children. Her role as Christy Cummings in the mockumentary, Best in Show (2000) launched her career and she soon landed a leading role on television, playing a nurse in the 2002 medical drama MDs. She also lent her voice to a recurring character on the animated comedy Family Guy.
She is a committed animal rights activist, and has spoken out against the overpopulation of animals in the pet industry, millions of which are euthanized.